Swift response to help bird numbers

By Joe Briscoe

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

 

Swift response to help bird numbers

AN attempt to increase the number of swifts on the Isle of Wight is being undertaken by the team from Natural Enterprise.

As part of its Gift to Nature conservation project, the team hopes to identify the local hotspots of swift activity around the Island and increase the numbers of the dwindling population.

In less than 20 years, more than half the entire swift population in south east England has been lost and Island residents have now started to identify places on the Island where these birds are found to congregate and breed.

Samantha Buck, from Gift to Nature, said: "We will use this information to conserve nest sites and decide where we need to create new sites by using special nest boxes on existing buildings and swift-friendly designs in new buildings and redevelopments."

Gift to Nature would especially like to know about schools, churches, libraries, village halls, sports centres and any other public and community buildings which might be home to swifts but any and all breeding sites are important. To get in touch or complete a short survey visit www.gifttonature.org.uk.

Comments

Log-in or register to comment on this story. See our House Rules here.

By ticking "Remember me" you agree to a cookie being stored on your computer - no personal data is shared.

Forgotten your password?

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

Most Read

  1. Indecent exposure arrest

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  2. Woman in court over drain cleaner attack

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  3. Tractor involved in crash

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  4. Bestival: Traffic plans announced

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  5. World record judges head to Bestival

    Monday, September 1, 2014

View our Elgin Traffic & Travel Map